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Henry Wallace

Mr. Wallace is subject to a test such as no other candidate for Vice-President has ever before had to meet. He is treated as if he were a candidate for President. One has only to compare his position with that of Governor [John] Bricker [of Ohio] who was nominated on the general assumption that there is no normal probability of his becoming President. If the country thought that there was a serious possibility of his being President, there is little doubt that virtually all but the rank and file of the habitual Republicans would bolt the ticket. In so far as Governor Bricker is accepted by independents who would prefer to vote Republican, it is on the notion that they are voting not for another Harding but for a Throttlebottom [the fictional vice presidential candidate in George and Ira Gershwin’s musical comedy, Of Thee 1 Sing].